International Activities

International Veterinary Medicine

The global economy, multinational corporations, foreign development aid, and increased mobility of people and products have created fascinating new opportunities in veterinary medicine. By participating in international experiences, our students learn to operate more effectively in multicultural environments, use alternative negotiation and conflict resolution strategies, and converse knowledgeably about current global issues.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, at for more information about international activities.

Student & Faculty Travel

Elizabeth Wall, Bolivia Summer 2014

Elizabeth Wall knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian since age 8, but it wasn’t until she was in high school that she learned about the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM). Her church gave an update about the work of a CVM fieldworker and she left the presentation feeling “amazed.”

Dr. Carling Sitterley, Thailand Summer 2014

Dr. Carling Sitterley is currently finishing up coursework for a master of public health (MPH) degree, as part of a dual DVM/MPH degree program. She recently took a five-week journey to Italy and Thailand as part of her Master of Public Health practicum experience.

Jimmy Shatt, Italy May – June 2014

In the summer of 2014, Jimmy Shatt of Baltimore, Maryland joined other veterinary students on an annual cultural and academic tour of Italy led by the college’s director of admissions and student services, Dr. Jacque Pelzer.

Keren Rozensher, France Summer 2013

Keren Rozensher of North, New Jersey spent one month in France during the summer of 2013 studying veterninary medicine in Lyon, France.

Robert Fathke, Liberia June 2013

Robert Fathke spent two weeks in Liberia with Veterinarians Without Borders where he helped to teach workshops about zoonoses and transboundary animal diseases at Cuttington University’s College of Agriculture and Sustainable Development.

Dr. Michael Neafsey, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago April 2013

Dr. Michael Neafsey (DVM '13) concluded his senior year at the college with a trip to Trinidad where he assisted the college and the Ministry of Food Production of Trinidad and Tobago complete a brucellosis risk assessment.

Dr. Valerie Ragan, Chile June 2013

Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Chile to expand opportunities for students to gain experience in international veterinary medicine in areas such as wildlife conservation and medicine, equine reproduction, and disease surveillance. Learn more in the inaugural issue of Outbursts (PDF), published by Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs.